Toyota is recalling a small number of 2007-13 FJ Cruiser SUVs to fix auxiliary headlights that don’t comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Standards. This minor recall will be a simple replacement.
The recall will affect 11,489 FJ Cruisers built between Jan. 25, 2006 and Feb. 23, 2013 that have the Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit mounted to the front bumper. This kit includes a 55-watt bulbs that NHTSA says create a safety risk when used with the upper beam headlights. The risk? It is apparently too bright and exceeds the maximum light output allowed. The thought is that the brightness could temporarily blind oncoming drivers and lead to a crash.
Owners of the affected FJ Cruisers will receive notification from Toyota. These owners will need to visit their local Toyota dealer to have the headlight replaced for free. The 55-watt bulbs will be replaced with 35-watt bulbs for free.
For more information, contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. Also, visit the website www.safercar.gov.